ARTIST STATEMENT: MICHAEL HAMBOUZ
is a New York City-based, academically trained artist, born in Niles, Michigan. Hambouzâ€™s current work focuses on a method that he calls â€œmethod painting.â€ In preparation for each piece, he requires subjects to reveal obsessions, muses, and secrets, which he then uses to build preliminary compositional concept sketches with embedded personal symbolism. Collaborating with each subject, he co-art directs a â€œfilm setâ€ to shoot photographs to reference for the final painted portrait. Throughout the painting process, he further submerges himself in the life of the subject by studying their biggest influences and listening to their favorite musicâ€”a process that brings him closer to the subject, and allows the subjectâ€™s hand to guide, subconsciously, each brush stroke and pigment selection.